Love came down at Christmas Love, a lovely love divine Love was born at Christmas Stars and angels gave the sign
Love will be our token Love be yours, and love be mine Love from God to all of us Love for plea and gift a sign
~ Christina Rossetti
Elena sang this carol at church a few days ago. A few days later I heard the Jars of Clay version. I wasn't familiar with the carol, but it's become my favorite of the season. Despite my best preparations, the few days we spent out of town just before Christmas caused me to spend the two days before Christmas scrambling to get the last few things done. I found myself running errands the morning of Christmas eve and quickly settling into a gloomy funk. Grumpy over cookies not decorated, feeling guilty about activities I'd planned for the kids that we never got around to doing, missing my family. And then this song came on the radio.
I am notorious for planning too much, for expecting perfection, for getting easily frustrated when things don't go according to plans. As I listened to the lyrics, I realized I have a choice. I can focus on the details of Christmas, and in return drive myself and my family crazy. Or I can focus on the love.
I chose love. It hasn't been a perfect Christmas, if you pay attention to the details. The cookies still aren't decorated. There were tears when we thought the Wii was broken. Tempers flared when Eli's monstrosity of a race track wouldn't come together properly (was there ever more dreaded phrase than Adult Assembly Required?). I still miss my family.
But there is so much love. Love for and from my children, who were ecstatic this morning and who are still floating on a cloud of happiness. Love for and from my husband, who wants nothing but the best for me and our family. Love for and from my family, who support me in all I do. Love for and from my faithful readers of this blog, who encourage me with their kind words to pursue a passion for writing. And last, but most important, love for and from Christ, without whom none of this would be possible.
Merry Christmas to you and yours. May your day be filled with love.